The mission of Illinois’ Early Intervention (EI) program is to assure that families who have infants and toddlers, birth to three, with diagnosed disabilities, developmental delays or substantial risk of significant delays receive resources and supports that assist them in maximizing their child’s development, while respecting the diversity of families and communities.

The target group is children under three years of age who are experiencing developmental delays in one or more of the following areas: cognitive development; physical development; language and speech development; psychosocial development; and self-help skills. The purpose is to support families in promoting their child’s optimal development and to facilitate the child’s participation in family and community activities. EI services include, but are not limited to: developmental evaluations and assessments, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, developmental therapy, service coordination, psychological services, and social work services.

Source of definition:

Date of definition: June 2013

View definitions of data variables related to DHS Early Intervention.

Illinois Department of Human Services Early Intervention Program FY2013, Number of children served (<1 yr, 1 yr, and 2 yrs of age)

The total number of children (<1 yr, 1 yr, and 2 yrs of age) served by the Early Intervention (EI) program of the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS).

Source of data: Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) Early Intervention program

Date of data: FY2013 (October 2012)

Geographic region: These data are available by state and county.

Note: Data on the number of children in the Early Intervention program are available by a number of different counts. The data reported here present the number of children for whom an Individual Family Services Plan (IFSP) has been developed. This most accurately represents the number of children who are actually receiving services. The data are point-in-time data for a date in October of 2012 (that is, FY2013). For additional information on the Early Intervention program, see the EI program page on the DHS Web site.

Note on data suppression: For privacy reasons, IDHS Early Intervention data on the number of children served are not reported for areas in which there were 10 or fewer children served.